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Growth and nanofabrication of all-perovskite superconducting/ferromagnetic/superconducting junctions

  • Andrés Prada, Roberto de Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Albanova University Center, Stockholm, Sweden - Physics Department and Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials (FriMat), University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Golod, T. Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Albanova University Center, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Bernhard, Christian Physics Department and Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials (FriMat), University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Krasnov, V. M. Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Albanova University Center, Stockholm, Sweden
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    01.09.2019
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  • Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism. - 2019, vol. 32, no. 9, p. 2721–2726
English We fabricate and study experimentally all-perovskite-oxide superconductor/ferromagnetic insulator/superconductor (S/FI/S) tunnel junctions made out of the high-temperature cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O7−y (YBCO) and the colossal magnetoresistive manganite LaMnO3 (LMO) in the ferromagnetic insulator state. YBCO/LMO/YBCO heterostructures with different LMO thicknesses (5, 10, and 20 nm) are grown epitaxially via pulsed laser deposition. Nanoscale S/FI/S junctions with sizes down to 300 nm are made by three-dimensional nano-sculpturing with focused ion beam. Junctions with a thick (20 nm) LMO barrier exhibit a large negative magnetoresistance below TCurie∼160 K, typical for colossal magnetoresistive manganites, as well as a kink in the current-voltage characteristics at large bias (V∼1–2 Volts), attributed to Zener-type tunneling. However, they do not show a measurable Josephson current. On the contrary, junctions with the thinnest 5- nm LMO barrier exhibit a large supercurrent and no signs of magnetism. The latter may indicate the presence of pinholes due to thickness inhomogeneity and/or a ∼ 2 nm dead magnetic layer at the YBCO / LMO interface caused, e.g., by interdiffusion or strain. The junction with an intermediate 10-nm LMO barrier exhibited a desired S/FI/S junction behavior with significant negative magnetoresistance and signatures of a small Josephson current.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Physique
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